Brahmadatta bowed to the ground before the holy man and said, "Your
wisdom has taken my fear and panic from me. Your compassion has
kept me from doing terrible unwholesome things to many helpless
beings. My gratitude is endless, oh holy monk."
Enlightenment Being said to the king, "Now you must realize
why your royal priests wanted to have a sacrifice ceremony. It was
not because they understood the Truth and it was not because they
cared for you and your well-being. Instead it was due to greediness.
They wanted only to get rich, eat fine food, and keep their jobs
at your court.
16 dreams have indicated disasters in the distant future. What you
do now will have no effect on them. Those things will happen when
the world is declining, when the unreal is seen as real, when the
unreasonable is thought to be reasonable, and when the non-existent
seems to exist. It will be a time when many will be unwholesome
without shame, and few will be ashamed of their own wrongdoing.
to prevent these things by performing a sacrifice today is impossible!"
seated, the Bodhisatta miraculously rose into the air. Then he continued
his teaching: "Oh king, it was fear that unbalanced your mind
and brought you close to killing so many helpless ones. Real freedom
from fear comes from a pure mind. And the way to begin purifying
your mind is to climb the five steps of training. You will benefit
greatly from giving up the five unwholesome actions. These are:
life, for this is not compassion; taking what is not given, for
this is not generosity; doing wrong in sexual ways, for this is
not loving-kindness; speaking falsely, for this is not Truth; losing
your mind from alcohol, for this leads to falling down the first
king, from now on do not join with the priests in killing animals
this way the Great Being taught the Truth, freed many people from
bondage to false beliefs, and released many animals from fear and
an instant he returned through the air to his home in the Himalayas.
Brahmadatta practiced the Five Training Steps. He gave alms and
did many other good things. At the end of a long life he died and
was reborn as he deserved.
moral is: Beware of the panic-stricken man.
What he can do is more dangerous than what scared him in the first